Robin Roberts Recalls Emotional Moment She Found Transplant Match + Talks "Last Chance Transplant"

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Playing Robin Roberts Tearfully Recalls the Emotional Moment Her Sister Agreed to Be Her Transplant Donor

It's been almost nine years since "Good Morning America" co-host Robin Roberts received her bone marrow transplant to treat the rare bone marrow disorder, myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), but remembering the moment when she found out that her sister would be her donor is no less emotional for her.

"My doctor told me that I had a year or two to live if I didn't have a successful transplant," Robin says, smiling but tearing up. "And my other siblings were not a match. My doctors already told me there was not anybody on the list who matched me. It came down to my sister, Sally-Ann. And when… they said, 'Yes, she's a match.' I cannot tell you — you just exhale. You're like, I got a chance! All you want is a chance."

Even more tear-jerking, when Robin confirmed with her sister that she actually wanted to go through with it, Sally-Ann told her, "Not only is it something I want to do, I feel I was born [to do it]."

(Yes, we would also like to know where our tissues are at right now!)

Robin's experience is just one of the many reasons why her latest project, the Discovery+ show "Last Chance Transplant," is so close to her heart.

"That's what you see in the series, you see people who just want a chance, like everybody else," says Robin.

The docuseries follows six people waiting for a transplant and all the people around them who get them through it.

"You want to be in the game and you want to have a chance," says Robin. "And when you know somebody is there to help you have that chance — mmm! What a feeling."

We couldn't agree more. Make sure to watch "Last Chance Transplant," which starts streaming today, September 22, on Discovery+.

Plus, inspired by Robin opening up about her transplant experience, our Director of Publicity, Alyssa Kent, is sharing her own family's life-saving transplant experience. Read her story here.

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